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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vice-President Boudou expected in court today (again)

In less than two months, Vice-President Amado Boudou will be visiting the federal courthouse located on Comodoro Py avenue for the second time. The Kirchnerite administration official is expected to appear today again before a federal court, weeks after he was indicted in the controversial Ciccone money-printing company case.

Boudou is scheduled to appear before Federal Judge Claudio Bonadío at 10.30am. While the news agency DyN confirmed the vice-president will be attending, there were some doubts. Boudou was indicted for owning a Honda car with counterfeit documentation.

Judge Bonadío summoned Boudou to be questioned as a suspect on three different occasions: on February 3, 2011 and also on July 1 and 16, but the vice-president requested to postpone the hearing.

Bonadío agreed to delay the questioning but he made it clear last week that if Boudou does not appear today, he will request Boudou’s impeachment. According to a law passed in 2000, officials, lawmakers and judges can be questioned in court — even indicted — but they cannot be arrested.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s number two is accused of having registered a Honda car with counterfeit documentation more than 20 years ago. The irregularities in the car’s registration appeared in 2003, years before he become a leading official of the Kirchnerite administration. Boudou informed the Anti-Corruption Office that he purchased the car on July 1, 1992. But, according to the legal investigation, the car arrived in the country a month later. The vehicle was then nationalized by its importer and sold to a man who lived in Moreno, Buenos Aires province. According to legal sources, the man sold the car in 2003, which would be the exact time when the vice-president purchased the vehicle.

In a writ addressed to Bonadío, Boudou said that it was his former girlfriend Agustina Seguín who used to drive the car and he blamed a consultant for the problems with the document. Seguín is not only involved in this case — she also had to testify before Federal Judge Ariel Lijo in the investigation into the Ciccone Calcográfica mint company. Seguín worked for Swan, the travel agency that used to sell tickets to The Old Fund, the company that purchased 70 percent of the shares of the money-printing company. The Old Fund was then headed by lawyer Alejandro Vandenbroele, who Lijo believes, is the vice-president’s front man.

According to newspaper Perfil, Bonadío had already drafted Boudou’s indictment before questioning him. Last month, Judge Lijo indicted the VP with bribery and negotiations incompatible with public office due to the role he allegedly played in the lifting of the printing company’s bankruptcy.

Bonadío is one of the judges who has propelled most investigations against Kirchnerite officials into corruption cases.

In this case, Boudou is represented by lawyer Jacobo Grossman — a close advisor of Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni, who is also a good friend of the vice-president — and his colleague Martín Magram.

—Herald staff with DyN

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